THE WINNER: Brittany Rheault
School: West Fargo (N.D.)
Athletic achievement: She led the Packers (25-2) to their 16th straight Class A state championship this past season. Rheault posted a 14-1 record in the circle with one save, a 0.96 ERA and 152 strikeouts in 95 innings pitched. At the plate, she batted .395 with two home runs, 23 runs scored and 27 RBI. The two-time All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection fired a three-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Bishop Ryan (Minot, N.D.) in the Class A state title game.
Academic excellence: Rheault has maintained a 3.54 GPA.
Exemplary character: The editor of the West Fargo High student newspaper, she has volunteered locally with a literacy-outreach program and Big Brothers Big Sisters Fargo in addition to donating her time as a certified LPGA golf instructor.
“On the mound Brittany was probably the best in North Dakota,” said Kevin Ziegler, head coach of Century (Bismarck, N.D.). “We had a radar gun on her at the state tournament and she was clocking consistently above 60 mph. That is excellent for a high school pitcher. She also has complete control of four pitches.”
THE FUTURE: Rheault will be a senior next year.